The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease is a never damage condition which is generally inherited due to faulty gene carriage. This disease leads to deformations which makes the muscles and bones smaller than they should ideally be, and consequently, weaker as well. Weakness and loss of muscle bulk are some of the most common symptoms of this disease.
HOW IS CHARCOT-MARIE-TOOTH DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease is done by a neurologist. The doctor will perform a physical examination and ask for medical history. Laboratory tests may be recommended for further diagnoses which are Nerve conduction studies, Electromyography (EMG), Nerve biopsy and genetic testing.
HOW IS CHARCOT-MARIE-TOOTH DISEASE TREATED?
There is no treatment for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, but symptomatic relief is possible. Physical and occupational therapy can help improve muscle strength. Wearing braces and other orthopaedic devices can help individuals cope with the disabilities caused by the disease. In some cases orthopaedic surgery may be required to reverse foot deformities
DID YOU KNOW?
There is a documentary titled ""Bernadette"" that follows a young woman battling the disease.